Dinner Spots in Downtown Wilmington

by Jan 9, 2019Across the Cape Fear, Wilmington


If you’re looking to dine in Wilmington, these downtown restaurants offer food and views you won’t find anywhere else! 


The unbeatable happy hour from 5-7 makes YoSaké a popular downtown Wilmington, NC restaurant. Open nightly at 5pm YoSaké serves the best sushi along with a full pan-Asian menu, featuring specials daily. Surround yourself with unique Tokyo vogue decor as you enjoy dinner on the second floor of the historic Roudabush building in the heart of downtown. YoSaké features local farms in various dishes throughout the menu and is proud to support local organic sustainable agriculture. If you ever get the change to eat at YoSaké make sure you try the Firecracker Shrimp and the Pomegranate Ginger Mojito, both loved by locals.

The Fork N Cork

Amazing food, great prices and large portions is what you will get at The Fork n Cork. Serving some of the best burger/fries combos in Wilmington, NC this is the perfect spot to find grub for the entire family. The atmosphere is truly unique in the quaint brick-walled bar loaded with TVs. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm and features a mouth-watering Brisket Biscuit. From the Deep fried confit duck wings to the Big Lew Burger and everything in between the food is “fork n delicious”.



The Pilot House Restaurant

The first dining experience established in the historic Chandler’s Wharf, The Pilot House Restaurant was founded in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wright Jr. Throughout years of serving the Wilmington NC area and beyond, the restaurant has maintained the tradition of serving Southern regional cuisine. Receiving recognition from Southern Living Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times and more, the menu features dishes strictly made from scratch using the freshest ingredients. All seafood and fowl served is indigenous to the area. Enjoy “down home cooking” or a contemporary twist on traditional Southern meal, while overlooking the Cape Fear River at The Pilot House Restaurant.


Previously a maritime museum, Elijah’s located in the historic Chandler’s Wharf opened in 1984. Elijah’s is an American seafood grill & oyster bar with outdoor seating. Enjoy dinner while surrounded by rare paintings, ship models and nautical artifacts displayed throughout the restaurant. With an ambiance unlike any other, Elijah’s features expansive indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with incredible views of the best sunsets the area has to offer. Aside from good food and service, guest can also experience a piece of history.


Front Street Brewery

Serving beer since 1995 Front Street Brewery is located in historic downtown Wilmington and was the first brewery to open in the area. A local favorite, Front Street takes pride in serving delicious food and great microbrews at an unbeatable price. Front Street offers catering services, has space for private events, and the full menu is served until midnight seven days a week. From their famous pulled chicken nachos and Ribeye steaks to the 25 gourmet sandwiches and burgers, the menu offers guests a wide variety of good eats to choose from. Not limited to beer and food, Front Street has the largest selection of whiskey in North Carolina, with over 400 bottles it is Wilmington’s premiere whiskey bar. Committed to satisfy each customer, the Front Street staff is second to none. Whether you take a free brewery tour, taste test the whiskey or enjoy dinner, Front Street Brewery is a Wilmington hotspot you must visit

The George

The George is the only riverfront restaurant in Downtown Wilmington, NC featuring “dock and dine”. The menu offers Southern Coastal cuisine featuring fresh local seafood, steaks, pasta, salads, desserts and our Chef’s daily specialties. Serving Lunch & Dinner with Full ABC permits, Kid’s Menu, and Vegetarian Varieties. And don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am – 3pm. Free Parking available with a requested pass. Relax on our deck and experience Wilmington’s premiere hot spot for dining and sunset viewing.


Little Dipper Fondue

A dining experience unlike any other in the Wilmington, NC area Little Dipper Fondue is fun, exciting and truly unique. The menu features exceptional meats, fresh seafood, various veggies and sauces made in house for dipping. Start off your 3-course meal with dipping assorted breads into hot melted cheese prepared table-side by your server. The main course menu offers chicken médaillons, lobster tail, filet mignon, sashimi tuna, shrimp and more. Each entree is served with a salad and three dipping sauces. Located in Historic Downtown Wilmington, the restaurant is cozy, and modern with a back deck. Whether you want to enjoy a romantic dinner for two or celebrate with a large crew, the Little Dipper Fondue is the perfect spot to enjoy your night out!

Anne Bonny’s

Since opening in 2017 Anne Bonny’s has become a favorite downtown Wilmington bar & grill. Built upon a floating barge on the Cape Fear River, Anne Bonny’s has a waterfront atmosphere that is one of a kind. Guests can enjoy live music while dining with the best sunset view downtown. The restaurant specializes in calabash-style seafood but also serves classic burgers, shareable appetizers, a full bar with outstanding frozen cocktails and more. Anne Bonny’s is pet friendly and open for lunch and dinner. If you are looking for unique, fun and casual dining Anne Bonny’s is the perfect spot.



Casey’s Buffet

Casey’s Buffet is the best place in town for authentic southern soul food! Established in 2005, Casey’s Buffet has become a tradition in Wilmington, NC. Prior to Casey’s Buffet, owner Larry Casey had worked in the food service industry for over 25 years. Today the buffet is operated by Larry’s entire family, including his wife, sons, daughter and friends that have become family. Casey’s Buffet offers catering for various events including weddings, parties, and other events in the Wilmington area. Serving all you can eat barbecue, fried chicken and more Casey’s Buffet is a place where food and family go hand in hand.





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